Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria expressed his concerns over violations of Orthodox believers' rights in Ukraine.
"We are seriously concerned with the numerous documented violations of the rights of the believers belonging to the only canonical Church in Ukraine. First of all, we refer to seizures of UOC churches by force," the patriarch said in his letter to Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko, the UOC press service reported on Wednesday.
Almost for a year a group of Orthodox Christian volunteers from Minsk (Belarus) have been helping the people living in Donbass. Belarusians have been collecting humanitarian aid and money and organizing various vacations for the children living in the region devastated by fierce fighting.
His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, officiated after the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, 12 December 2015, the blessing of the restored painting of the St Spyridon the New Metropolitan Cathedral in Bucharest, surrounded by an assembly of priests and deacons. His Grace Timotei of Prahova, Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest, who had officiated the Divine Liturgy before the blessing service took place, was also present together with His Beatitude. The event took place on the feast day of St Spyridon, the spiritual protector of the place of worship.
St Eleftherios Church, a patriarchal parekklesion, celebrated on Wednesday, 15 December 2015, the feast of her patron saint – Hieromartyr Eleftherios. His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, was present among the faithful of this parish, on this feast day. The Primate of the Romanian Orthodox Church officiated the blessing service of the restored painting of the place of worship, and also blessed the new church bells and the new Cultural and Pastoral Centre, located at the semi-basement of the church. His Grace Varlaam of Ploiești, Assistant Bishop to the Romanian Patriarch, was also present together with His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel at the blessing service. His Grace had officiated the Divine Liturgy prior to the blessing service, being surrounded by an assembly of priests and deacons.
Αt The Patriarchate - On Tuesday, the 25th of November/8th of December 2015, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of St Catherine the glorious great martyr hailing from Alexandria, at the Monastery dedicated to her name at a short distance from the Patriarchate in the Christian quarter.
On Sunday 6th December 2015 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa conducted the ordination of His Grace Athanasios Bishop of Kisumu and West Kenya, at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Nicholas in Cairo.